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Ethiopian pastor lured to death, pregnant wife assaulted

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A member of Abera's congregation weeps for her pastor (photo provided by Luiz Leandro)

A trusting Ethiopian pastor who responded to a request to come pray for a sick friend was lured to his death, according to International Christian Concern.

Evangelist Abraham Abera had felt the Holy Spirit’s call to minister at Kale Hiwot Church in Worabe, Ethiopia, an area that is 97 percent Muslim.

Around 9:30 p.m. on April, four Muslim men arrived at the church with the urgent message that a friend was sick. Abraham stepped outside the church to go with them.

However once outside, the men turned on him and began to beat him with clubs. The minister’s pregnant wife, Birtukan, saw the attack and ran to intervene, but was beaten as well.

Abraham apparently died there on the street. His wife, who sustained a severe head injury, was left unconscious in the street. She was found and taken to a hospital in nearby Butajira, where she regained consciousness on April 22 and was able to recount the details of the attack.

Birtukan spoke with an ICC source and said she knew two of the attackers. She said as the Muslim men were beating her and her husband, they told them, “You (Christians) are growing in number in our area. You are spreading your message. We will destroy you.”

Her unborn baby was apparently uninjured, doctors said.

did suffer injuries to her mid-section, her unborn baby fortunately survived the attack.

The attackers still remain at large. A Christian leader in the area told ICC that the attackers are unlikely to bearrested since local officials are also Muslims.

“Christians in Worabe and its surrounding areas are persecuted at the hands of Muslim radicals, and the local government officials, who are Muslims, don’t protect Christians,” he said. “We urge the higher government authorities to intervene and protect us.”

“The brutal killing of Evangelist Abraham and the beating of his wife, Birtukan, is deeply troubling. We urge the federal government authorities to investigate this attack as well as reports of persecution against Christians in the Silte zone,” said Jonathan Racho, ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa.

“Please call Ethiopian Embassy in your country,” an ICC spokesman requested. “Ask Ethiopian authorities to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.”



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Toni

posted May 3, 2011 at 10:00 am


We will continue to lift up those who are pursecuted in foreign lands (for the love of Christ) before the Throne of Grace. Y’wah says in His word, “Vengence is mine …” Nothing goes unnoticed by our Heavenly Father. There is great reward in obedience to God! I plead the precious, powerful blood of Christ on those dedicated Christians for protection, and on those rebellious ones to destroy the yoke of bondage that sin has blinded them with! May the Love of Christ take over their hearts and minds, in the name of Y’shua. Amen



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TAMALE

posted May 3, 2011 at 8:56 am


WOE UNTO THE ENEMIES OF THE LIVING GOD IN ETHIOPIA.WHAT MISSERY AWAITS YOU SOON! FOR THE LORD HAS DECLARED HIS JUDGMENT AGAIST YOU! FOR YOU HAVE KILLED PROPHETS AND YOU GO ON TO TORTURE THE POOR,THE WIDOWS AND THE FAITHFUL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! THUS SAYS THE ALMIGHTY GOD,IN THE BOOK OF ISIAH,”THE HAND OF THE LORD IS RAISED AGAINST HIS ENEMIES IN ETHIOPIA,HE IS GIONG TO PUNISH YOU AND FINALLY HEAL. AND THE WHOLE LAND WILL WILL FINALLY WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST. EHIOPIA IS FOR JESUS CHRIST.BREATHREN BE STRONG AND WAIT FOR THE SALVATION OF THE LORD.



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Jonathan N Gardiner

posted May 3, 2011 at 7:29 am


The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh blessed be his Holy name.
It is sad to hear how this faithful Pastor life was taken.This reminded me about Jesus and his obedient even unto death.
We can be assured by the word of God justice will be serve regard of who are in authority.Jesus speaks about some of us being beaten and kill,only those who are worthy for the kingdom of heaven will suffer these kind of attack.
I would love to do more than pray for all who suffer persecution most especially those for the sake of Jesus Christ.



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